The Lysak Lab

About us

We investigate genome evolution across the plant kingdom at different levels of complexity:  

  • DNA sequences (NGS-based genome analysis)
  • Chromosomes (chromosome rearrangements, karyotype evolution)
  • Genomes (genome collinearity, polyploidy)
  • Species (speciation, phylogenomics)


Genome evolution in crucifers (Brassicaceae) is our leading research theme. We are analyzing the incidence, mechanisms and rate of chromosome rearrangements, sequence structure of chromosome breakpoints, modes of centromere shift and elimination, evolution of repetitive sequences, and reconstructing ancestral genomes. We are testing causal links between whole-genome duplication events, karyotypic variation and species radiations.


If you are interested in joining the lab, please contact us!



The fascinating evolutionary story of the Biscutelleae published in MBE!

We show that genome evolution in the crucifer tribe Biscutelleae (c. 60 species, 5 genera) was dominated by pervasive hybridizations...

Martin Lysak was awarded MUNI Scientist Award 2020

Selected scientists from Masaryk University were awarded for their outstanding research results and significant achievements in the...

Teri received the GACR President's Award!

The prize is awarded for excellent results in basic research projects that had been supported by the Czech Science Foundation (GACR...

Plant Cell paper: Collinear Chromosomes and Shifting Centromeres in the Arabideae

Our paper on genome evolution and frequent centromere repositioning in one of the Brassicaceae clades, Arabideae, was published in...